SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) – Western Mass News spoke to royal blogger and Mount Holyoke graduate Sarah Binns, who is devastated by the loss of the Queen. She said Prince Philip’s death in April 2021 marked the beginning of the end for the Queen.
“I’m one of the people that she’s been a big part of my life all my life even though I’ve never met her,” she said.
Binns, a Mount Holyoke alumnus turned freelance researcher and blogger on all things royal, shared with Western Mass News her broken heart over the death of Queen Elizabeth II. had lost weight fairly quickly. Binns explained why the timing of the Queen’s death came as no surprise to her.
“Major coincidence that Prince Harry and his wife Megan were in town, they were actually in New Haven and Germany and I also wonder if the Queen thought with the Prime Minister himself and knowing that his whole family was in done reachable, she just said I’m done,” she said.
Binn pointed out that the British Royal Family had come under intense scrutiny in recent years, which had caused additional pressure on the Queen.
“The monarchy has always, as an institution, embraced colonialism and racism and all those things that don’t really reconcile with the fairy tale view of people like me who think it’s all about kings, queens and amazing palaces and so they really headed back with racism and colonialism,” she explained.
She also noted that with the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel from the royal family, a void has been left in the palace. She now wonders if the Queen’s passing will spur other members of the Royal Family to step up and take on more responsibility. She believes there will be an outpouring of grief across the world similar to Princess Diana’s death in 1997.
“The economy is failing, the world is in crisis, this is going to overshadow all of that,” Binns said.
Like many young women around the world, Binns saw the Queen as a role model and a powerful female figure.
“She was doing things that women weren’t supposed to do,” she said.
Binns told Western Mass News that she thinks the transition from Queen Elizabeth II to King Charles will be difficult, but she hopes the public will give him a chance to prove himself worthy of the crown.
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